February 2012


Happy Monday Everyone! NEW items have been listed on my website "The Cotton Thistle" AND on Etsy. I have some really great jewelry pieces on there - especially for your summer attire! So . . . . . . . . . .stop by - check 'em out and don't forget to like me on Facebook and you can "PIN" The Cotton Thistle now on Pinterest!
Here's a sample of a couple of the new items :
Dragonfly Necklace
Rhinestone Elelgance Earrings - Sterling Silver & Silvertone 
Warm Wave Necklace 

Back on February 6th, I began my adventure in making my own paper mache' bust for my jewelry and here's the "almost" completed item.  I still have to finish the edges and spray it with sealer and add a few extras . . . . . .
Oh, and the necklace is also a work in progress for. . . . . hmmmmmm - can't say right now!
Before:                                                    After (so far):                     
This weekend I was also able to pick up my finished "Flo" porcelain doll that hubby gave me for Christmas.  My sister made the dress and the necklace for Flo.
Susan (a friend of my sisters) made Flo. She does a wonderful job on the porcelain dolls and
hand-paints all of the features on the dolls!
Flo's name comes from the "waterfall hairdo" she sports :) 
I'll have a better picture of that next time and some more history about Flo and her clothing.

I also received two more dolls - one is 
"Lil Bo Peep"! Love her!!!
She even has a ewe that wasn't lost!!!
Until next time - have a great week everyone!


Happy Valentine's Day !
Image courtesy of The Graphic's Fairy

Ideas, Reading & Paper Mache'

Hello Everyone!
Hope everyone survived the Superbowl weekend festivities and the big game. I'm a Patriots fan myself but all in all - even though they didn't win - it was a great game down to the last 5 seconds! So congrats to the Giants and all of their fans out there!
After taking a much needed 2 week break from blogging I completed 212 pieces of jewelry for probably the biggest order ever! Still have a few pieces to catch up on, but the majority of what was needed has completed, tagged, bagged and delivered!
Now it's "reading catch-up time" along with creating the new designs that are in the works and waiting for an order of supplies once again for the new stuff. Will post pics next week on the blog and on Facebook.
I was surfing the net this weekend looking for a jewelry bust with a specific design where the shoulder on one side was longer than the other side. There are some amazing ones out there but nothing was grabbing my interest. They are either designed in natural, black, or white - boring. Well, since I need a bust to accommodate gold, silver and black I decided to try my hand at making my own! It's a work in progress and the first portion is still drying. This will either be a disaster or a triumph!
I grabbed "MissPriss" (my dress mannequin), covered her in plastic wrap, mixed up the paper mache' and went to work. After the first portion dries I will begin the "longer shoulder" part. The plan is by the end of the week it should be completed.
Keep you fingers crossed!
Enjoy your week and make sure you mark on your calenders for the book signing on Saturday, February 18th at Turn the Page Bookstore/Cafe in Boonsboro, Md. featuring Nora Roberts and more! Great times!  Check it out!